Amber M. Moran has been named the Official Artist of the 2014 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin. Her custom design will be featured on this year’s tournament merchandise and, in a first for the ECBC, the framed original will be auctioned during the event with proceeds going to The Billfish Foundation.
Moran’s trademark style combines watercolor and illustration by extending the art onto the mat, creating a “window of color.” Amber enjoys studying marine life not only to enhance her artwork but also to inspire her two young boys, who already have a love for the ocean. She resides in Stuart, Florida with her husband and two kids. We had a chance to catch up with Amber recently about her thoughts on the ECBC and more.
ECBC: The artwork for this year’s tournament is truly stunning. What inspired you to bring these design elements to this piece?
Amber Moran: “I was eager to start my new design for ECBC and my goal was to capture the colors, detail and movement of each of these beautiful fish. I wanted the viewer to feel them as if they too were in the water and could sense the movement of the water around them and the power of these strong creatures. I painted them each in the “window of color” as I like to call it. I illustrated the Baytowne Marina in the background and it was a lot of fun to include the playful Sandestin sand dollar hidden in the tuna. I’m most definitely motivated to show viewers our natural surroundings in a different way, whether it’s related to the ocean or in the wild.
Not only am I hopeful to get them interested in my artwork but most importantly I’m hopeful to get them interested in the actual subjects I’m painting. It’s also nice just to make people smile and wonder how I created the piece as they’re studying it in my booth. I’m most definitely excited and honored to have been asked to create this year’s ECBC tournament artwork.”
ECBC: You’ll be displaying your works during this year’s ECBC. What can tournament participants and spectators expect to see?
Amber Moran: I’ll be bringing many of my original pieces to the tournament this summer as well as canvas wraps and limited edition prints. I’m also bringing performance shirts with my designs and may have some other merchandise there as well. I’m looking forward to showing the anglers and tournament participants some of my new original artwork.
ECBC: How do you see the younger generation interacting with the marine environment? What can we do to ensure they continue to have positive experiences?
Amber Moran: Well, I think caring about a healthy marine environment is taught and that we need to be good role models and show our kids in our everyday lives that we care about it. The importance of us caring will form the core of who they will become as adults. It’s up to us to help them make that impression a good one.
We as a family try to discuss this subject on a regular basis at dinner, or when we’re on the beach, or even in the car for instance, in a playful way since our boys are ages 5 and 7. We volunteer when we can with them and we try to keep our boys outside and active as much as possible. I believe that kids who are taught to value nature will be more likely to value it as adults. Our kids have the ability to do great things, we just have to get them involved with the important causes.